The FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships 2022 get underway in beautiful Seychelles in just over a week's time. The premiere global open water swimming event for athletes aged 14-19 will take place from 16 to 18 September 2022 in the bay of Beau Vallon. Those from the open water scene will know it for the same location and course used during the 2018 and 2019 FINA Marathon Swim World Series events in Seychelles.
The Beau Vallon region, on the northwestern coast of Mahé, is one of many iconic open water swimming spots on the Seychelles archipelago. Check out FINA’s top 5 below!
Anse Source d'Argent
Recognised as being one of the most photographed beaches on the planet, Anse Source d'Argent, on La Digue island, is likely to be high up on a global list of open water swimming spots.
Its giant granite boulders, white sands and emerald water make it one of our top spots for an ocean swim. As one of the most famous spots in the Seychelles archipelago, keep reading if you’re looking for a relaxing swim without the crowds.
Named the second most beautiful beach in the world by National Geographic magazine, Anse Lazio is located on the north coast of Praslin Island. Often compared to Anse Source D’Argent, Anse Lazio is also home to large granite boulders, lush green foliage and crystal-clear water.
With a very large stretch of golden sand, the beach is rarely crowded. If you’re looking to soak up the peaceful ambience, set the morning alarm and enjoy an early swim here.
Tucked away in a secluded cove on the northwestern tip of Praslin, Anse Georgette, along with Anse Lazio, is often described as the most beautiful beach on Praslin. The beach is long, the sand is white, and there are no rocks or coral to watch out for here. Surrounded by lush vegetation, this is one not to be missed.
Located on the picturesque southwest coast of Mahe, Petite Anse is arguably one of the most deserted beaches in Seychelles. Surrounded by dense forest and granite cliffs, if you like swimming in secluded spots, this is the one for you.
Only accessible by foot, Anse Coco is an isolated beach on the east coast of La Digue Island. To enjoy the crystal blue waters and rock formations at Anse Coco, you’ll need to work for it. The 45-minute Anse Cocos Trail, through lush green vegetation, will make you sweat. But reach the end of the trail and you’ll be rewarded with 500m of unspoiled beach and the turquoise blue of the Indian Ocean.